The Samsung Galaxy Beam is an unusual Android phone - it looks like the typical slab with a dual-core processor and fairly large, 4-inch screen, but if you take a closer look, you’d notice that it comes with a built-in projector. Shining with 15 lumens of brightness, it will stretch out pictures from that 4-inch screen to up to a 50-inch frame. You can play movies, photos, slideshows, mirror what’s on your phone and even highlight stuff with the built-in application. You can also use the Beam’s projector as a very powerful flashlight with colors of your choice.
Galaxy Beam has just went up for pre-order in Europe. In the UK, the price to book one of those projector-equipped Samsung Galaxy Beams is nearly $685 (£429.99) off contract.We ourselves find the idea so neat that wouldn’t mind having a projector in every handset (do you hear us, phone makers?), but while we wait for those good times, the
Now, that’s pretty steep, but we should keep in mind that the price doesn’t inlcude a subsidy and it’s for the enthusiast early adopters.
The Samsung Galaxy Beam spec highlights show a 4-inch WVGA display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, 8 gigs of internal storage expandable via microSD cards, a 2,000mAh battery, both a rear 5MP camera and a front 1.3MP shooter. It rocks Gingerbread, but hopes are that it will get updated to ICS. Don't forget to check out preview of the Beam where we get a detailed look at the projector and how it all works.